How to Overcome Weight Loss Plateaus

How to overcome weight loss plateaus

Weight loss plateaus can be so frustrating! Before I found flexible dieting, I would diet until I hit a plateau, then quit because “it wasn’t working”. Or I would diet for 2 weeks then give up when I didn’t see any results. Let me tell you something friends, 2 WEEKS IS NOT ENOUGH TIME TO SEE RESULTS! I wish I could scream it from the rooftops! I get so frustrated with my past self sometimes, for not just sticking to it then! Ok, rant over.

So back to plateaus… The funny thing about people is that they rely 100% on the scale to determine if they’re making progress. My former self included. I have something to tell you. Since last December, I have gained 6 pounds! But the thing is, my clothes still fit the same, I still look them same (ok, a little different because some of those 6 pounds are muscle) and my measurements are close to the same. When you eat to put on muscle you also put on some fat but that’s a different story for a different day.

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Hiking Yellowstone Backcountry to Union Falls and Scout Pool

I am a leader for an all girls Venturing Crew for the BSA (Boy Scouts of America). Yes it is a group of girl boy scouts.  These girls are absolutely amazing!  Some of the things they do would blow your mind.  They can join the crew when they are 14 years old and as soon as my oldest daughter Jayde turned 14, she wanted to join. In fact, she knew long before she was 14 that she wanted to be a part of this.  I joined as a leader about a year ago and while I can’t make it to every activity, I have had the opportunity to do some amazing things with them!

Every year they do a week long High Adventure and being a leader/parent, I got the privilege to go.  Let me start off by saying, I am not a camper.  I HATE camping.  There are few things I hate as much as camping, but the things we do for our kids.  So it was a week long, Monday-Saturday camping trip…sleeping in a tent, bugs everywhere, stinky outhouses, freezing cold camping.  UGH!

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14 Ugly Truths No One Told You About Dieting

14 ugly truths no one tells you about dieting

You are all pumped up ready to go and change your life!  I get it.  I’ve been there! And it’s an amazing feeling!  You think “I’ve got this!  It’s going to be easy! I am READY to change my life this time!”  But there are some of the ugly truths no one has ever told you about dieting.  Flexible dieting even.  It can be downright hard and discouraging at times. But is it worth it?  HECK YES it is!

I want you to be prepared so when the roadblocks come along, you are ready to conquer them!  Anything worth doing in life is not going to be easy and losing (and maintaining) weight is no exception.  Yes, these things might be frustrating and hard but it is SO SO worth it!  I promise!

So here are the 12 ugly truths no one has ever told you about dieting.

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A Few of my Favorite Things-Gym Edition

My Favorite things- gym edition

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Here is a list of a few of my favorite things that I use at the gym that I absolutely cannot live without!

Before Workout-

  • Quest Bars-I grab one of these on my way out of the door and they are perfect to eat on the way to the gym AND give me plenty of energy for my workout!
  • L-Carnintine- This is a great amino acid that helps boost metabolism.  I take 2 before my workout every day.  If you prefer liquid, I have tried this kind before and liked it too!  You can take it with food or on an empty stomach if you prefer to train fasted.

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Leg Day Workout for Killer Legs!

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I love this leg routine!  I usually stick with the same routine for about 6 weeks before changing it up.  The reason I do that is so that I can see the strength gains and progress I am making.  If I’m changing up my routine in the gym every time, I am never going to know if I’m getting stronger or making any progress with my lifts.  I also make sure I track every workout with the Strong workout tracker app and it really pushes me to go a little bit heavier or do another rep or two more than last time.

The great thing about working out with weights is you can go as heavy or light as you want.  If you’re brand new to the gym, start doing what you can do as far as the weight goes, track your workout and work on building your strength over time.  Don’t go in and try to lift heavy at first or you’re more likely to get an injury.  Go and do what you reasonably can and get your form down before increasing the weight. Form is so so important!  Don’t rush.  You want your lifts to be slow and controlled. This will also help you to prevent injury.

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My Summer Food and Activity Accountability

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Today is the last day of school for my girls!  I cannot believe it.  It is cliche but so true, that life really does fly by!  My kids are going to be in 6th and 10th grade next year.  I am going to have a high schooler!  You must be thinking I don’t look old enough to have a high schooler right?  Well I’m not 😉 haha!

Now that summer is here, life is about to get crazy!   I thought it would be a great idea for me to let you guys know how I plan to stay on track with my eating and activities this summer and have a little bit of accountability for myself as well. It always helps to write down your plans/goals and to have people that you’re accountable to.

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At Home Ab Workout- No Equipment Needed!

At Home Abs Workout

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Here is one of my current at home ab workouts.  In the interest of time, I usually do my ab workouts at home.  There are a few machines or weighted exercises that I like to do at the gym, but I save the bulk of my ab workout for later. I go to the gym before my kids go to school which leaves me only about an hour of time at the gym before I need to get home to get them off to school.   Most days, by the time I do all of my other workouts, I am out of time.  After I get them off to school, I will get in some abs at home usually 1-2x per week, but I would like to increase that to 3x per week.

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Why you shouldn’t eat back the calories you burn from exercising.

Why you shouldn't eat back the calories you burn from exercising

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Should you eat back the calories that you burn from exercising?  This is a common question and something that is often misunderstood.  People often think “I am eating in a calorie deficit (eating less than your body burns) and then I am exercising on top of that. Shouldn’t I eat back the calories I burn?”

When I first started counting macros I wondered the same thing. However, what most people don’t understand is that your exercise calories are already calculated into your macros. So if you are eating your exercise calories back, you are effectively eating at maintenance or even a calorie surplus and will most likely not see any weight/fat loss, if not even some weight/fat gain!

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Create a Workout Schedule That Works For You!

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It is SO important to write a workout schedule for yourself.  If you just plan to go wing it everyday, chances are you won’t see the results you want  If you don’t have a set plan, it’ll be easier to talk yourself out of going and pushing yourself and it will be hard to track your progress.  I downloaded an app called Strong a few weeks ago and have been tracking my progress in the gym and I swear, I have been SO sore lately! I am also seeing a new level of progress that I haven’t seen before. With the app I am able to track my lifts, how many sets I do and how much weight I use. It’s really challenging me to beat my progress from the previous week. I am really pushing myself to a new level I am loving it!

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